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Fri Jan 12, 2018, 01:28 PM

What has motivated our presidents for the last several decades, i.e., why did they run for office?..

I can offer my personal views about every president since President Eisenhower, which is when I first became politically aware enough to care, but let's see what others offer...
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For the good of the nation
0 (0%)
For the personal financial benefits expected
0 (0%)
For the power and the accolades expected
1 (100%)
Because someone had to do it and he/she believed he/she was the better choice
0 (0%)
Because he/she failed upward and the political party had no better choice
0 (0%)
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Reply What has motivated our presidents for the last several decades, i.e., why did they run for office?.. (Original post)
Gamle-ged Jan 2018 OP
graham4anything4HC45 Jan 2018 #1
It Guy Jan 2018 #3
turquoise Jan 2018 #2

Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 02:01 PM

1. well

JFK ran for cause
Johnson became President then ran for the cause of civil rights and voting rights for all
Nixon ran for cause (as he was defacto president already for Eisenhower
Ford was a fixer who got luckily placed
Carter ran as pure of heart but was not a good politician which cost him his second term
Reagan ran as an egotist
Bush wanted to be Nixon and Ford VP but both knew better so he waited and dirty tricked Ford out of
the VP and was there "spur of the moment"

As part of a duo- Hillary ran for cause, but it was Bill Clinton in name only
President Obama ran for cause and has no ego.

Adlai would have been a great President. Too bad he didn't hide his bald head like Eisenhower did.
that might have secured the votes he needed.

On the other hand-

trump ran solely for money to pay back debts to the people he was indebted to and for branding purposes.
He didn't (and doesn't work.) He likes to watch tv, like Chance the Gardener in that book/movie, up
to a certain point and being that the fix was in, it didn't matter much what he said at all

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Response to graham4anything4HC45 (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 05:01 PM

3. Obama didn't have an ego? That's the most asinine thing I've read today.

A very large part of narcissism is having an over the top ego. They believe they are god's gift to humanity and no one is their equal.



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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 02:13 PM

2. Off the top of my head,

megalomania, narcissism, ego, a need for mindless admiration and toadying,, power and yes, money. Also, anyone who thinks he or she knows how to run the country because of any other job he's had before has to be delusional. And, yes, they probably convince themselves of some loftier motives, with help from those who fawn on them.

Truman does not seem to have been motivated by money, but he preceded Eisenhower. Loved him some other emoluments of the Oval Office, though, including military/atomic and political power.

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